A timeline/scavenger hunt activity highlights milestone events in Lewis and Clarks journey west.
- use library and Internet resources, including primary source journals, to learn about important events that occurred during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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Many important events were recorded during the Lewis and Clark's trip west, which took about 18 months. In this lesson, students use print and online resources to complete the Lewis and Clarks Journey West: Important Dates work sheet.
The following Internet resources will be helpful to students as they complete the work sheet:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Western Adventure, A National Epic
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery: A Timeline of the Trip
The Ultimate Adventure: Retrace the Trail
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery: The Journals
Lewis and Clarks Historic Trail: Journals
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
The Ultimate Adventure: The Journals
Create a timeline and hang it along a wall of the classroom. Mark each month on the timeline with a strip of paper about a foot long. Start the timeline by marking the events on the Important Dates work sheet on it. As students do additional reading, they can add other important events in the timeline.
Students will correctly identify the following events and associated dates.
(Note: You might accept February 1803 in place of the more specific February 28, 1803.)
|February 28, 1803
||Congress provides money for the expedition.
||Expedition members set up camp where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet.
||Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery set off on their expedition.
|August 3, 1804
||The Corps of Discovery has their first encounter with Native people.
|August 20, 1804
||Sgt. Charles Floyd is the first Corps member to die.
|September 25, 1804
||In an encounter with the Teton Sioux, Native Americans demand one of the explorers boats as a toll to proceed up the river.
|October 24, 1804
||Corps members discover the Mandan village and build their winter fort nearby.
|November 4, 1804
||The Corps hires Toussaint Charbonneau, a fur trapper, as an interpreter.
|April 29, 1805
||Lewis and another hunter kill a never-before seen animal -- a grizzly bear.
|June 2, 1805
||Lewis and Clark decide to head south when they come to a fork in the Missouri River.
|August 17, 1805
||The expedition discovers a village of Shoshones led by Sacajaweas brother.
|October 16, 1805
||The expedition reaches the Columbia River.
|November 18, 1805
||Clark sees Mount Hood and figures they must be near the ocean.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES Pre-K - 12 MATHEMATICS: Representation
NM-CONN.PK-12.3 Recognize and Apply Mathematics in Contexts Outside of Mathematics
GRADES Pre-K - 12 SOCIAL SCIENCES: U.S. History
NM-REP.PK-12.3 Use Representations to Model and Interpret Physical, Social, and Mathematical Phenomena
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Originally published 01/24/2003
Last updated 10/13/2009